Using the power of film, art and ideas, Mountainfilm inspires audiences to create a better world. Held every Memorial Day weekend (May 22–26, 2025), the festival brings together a community of filmmakers and change makers, showcasing documentary films that celebrate adventure, activism, social justice, environment and indomitable spirit. We accept and screen feature and short films on a broad range of subjects. We are always interested in work that focuses on mountains (both symbolic and physical), mountain culture, and mountaineering, but we also showcase films about people who are dedicated to changing the world.

Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Mountainfilm is a dynamic organization and festival of films, people, stories, and ideas that celebrates indomitable spirit, educates and inspires audiences, and motivates individuals and communities to advance solutions for a livable world.

Embracing adventure
Preserving environments
Connecting cultures
Building community
Inspiring activism
Fostering storytellers
Promoting integrity
Gathering visionaries
Celebrating courage
Enlightening audiences

Mountainfilm promotes and encourages diversity behind the camera.

If you have questions about the submission process, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions and detailed Submission Guidelines on the Mountainfilm website.

Best Documentary Feature: $5000
James Balog Creative Vision Award: $5000
Audience Choice Award- Feature: $5000
Audience Choice Award- Short: $1000
Women in Film Award: $3500
Moving Mountains Award (supports a film and non-profit featured in a film): $1500 to the filmmaker(s) + $1000 to the non-profit
Subject Matter Award (supports a film and non-profit featured in a film): $15000 to filmmaker(s) + $15000 to the non-profit
Charlie Fowler Best Adventure Film: $2500
Best Short Film: $1000
Student Choice Award (awarded by a jury of regional students): $2000

Eligibility Requirements

-Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival. If your film is not a documentary, please do not submit.
-Feature documentaries are 40 minutes and longer. Shorts are under 40 minutes, including credits.
-Film entries may be of any length, from any country and on any subject in keeping with our mission. Films should either be in English or include English subtitles.
-At this time, we do not accept VR projects.
-With few exceptions, Mountainfilm requires that films have not screened or been broadcast in Colorado prior to the festival. We take other previous screenings, broadcast and online availability into consideration when making official selections.
-For the 2024 festival, we are seeking films making their premieres after May, 2023.
-We will consider films that have had an online presence, though our preference is to highlight work that has not already reached a large audience.

Submission Guidelines: PLEASE READ!

-Only COMPLETE applications will be considered. This includes full contact information, listing of all directors and producers, film synopsis and specs, hi-res production stills, a trailer (features only), a Vimeo screener link and director headshot and bio.
-Please submit the most recent/updated version of your film. We do not accept rough cuts.
-We prefer Vimeo links over FilmFreeway's video uploads as it helps us in our screener process.
-Your screener link must remain active until June 15, 2025.
-Entry fees are non-refundable.
-If you are from an LMIC, a BIPOC filmmaker or a student, please contact us for a possible submission fee discount waiver.

Due to the number of submissions received, we unfortunately cannot provide feedback on entries.

Overall Rating
  • Our world premiere at Mountainfilm was transformative, launching our festival journey with a heartwarming start. As filmmakers we felt deeply valued, and our film’s participants also felt the community's warmth and inclusiveness, the town just oozes hospitality. I cannot praise the festival team enough for their openness, flexibility and organization. Our screenings were sold-out, and we enjoyed the lively discussions and panels. Who knew our 8:00 AM coffee chat would pack the house? Between the well-coordinated events, legendary parties, and charming screening venues, the festival was perfectly choreographed. It was my first time attending, but it's clear why both filmmakers and audiences return year after year. The festival's magnetic pull is undeniable. Mountainfilm is not just any film festival; it's a full-blown celebration of cinema set against a strikingly beautiful backdrop—an unmissable event. Saying we were honored to be a part of it doesn't even begin to cover it.

    June 2024
  • Erin Kokdil

    Screening our short doc at Mountainfilm was a dream. Great staff and volunteers, a stunning setting, engaged audiences, and wonderful programming. I can't wait to go back!

    June 2024
  • Jeremy Grant

    Mountainfilm is the gold standard for outdoor story telling!

    June 2024
  • Kimberly Reed

    Fabulous! This is a top-notch festival in a gorgeous location. What else could you ask for?

    June 2024
  • Jeremy Power Regimbal

    This festival is pure magic. I've been here once before just in the audience and fell in love with some of my now favorite docs. This year we had our feature doc in the festival and it was a life changing weekend. Three sold out screenings, audience choice and student choice awards and just endless love in the streets. I can't say enough good things about the team who runs this fest. Thank you for having us and I highly rec'd this fest to anyone considering.

    June 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for trusting Mountainfilm with your beautiful film!